The variety and quality of free music available on the Internet is simply staggering. The motherlode of music blogs out there donating MP3 freebies of rare, out-of-print and previously unissued recordings make this historical moment the goldenest age ever for music obsessives. As anyone who's done a bit of online audio prospecting knows, the problem isn't just finding the stuff, it's finding the time to excavate the many armloads of albums you absolutely, desperately, ravenously must have.
And that's where this new venture comes in. Since I'm already spending practically every waking moment trawling for tunes (just ask my wife and kid), I thought I'd offer—on a regular basis—a dynamite list of the best of what I'm unearthing. So stash the fancy helmet with the headlight, settle into a comfy armchair, and feast your ears on this first installment of:
Give the Drummer Some's
10 Favorite Downloads from the MP3 Blogosphere
(see Comments, below, for helpful info about downloading)
Iconic Old-Timey Brother Act
Complete Allen Brothers 1927-1934
(From: Lonesome Lefty's Scratchy Attic)
Afrobeat Unheard Since '65
Unreleased Fela Ransome-Kuti
(From: Voice of America)
Psych-Folk from '60s Detroit
(From Música Ácida)
Blue-Eyed Soulster's Outrageous Resurrection
Tony Joe White, "The Beginning"
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Boffo Big Bands from Britain 1931-1946
Various, "Black British Swing"
(From: Pathway to Unknown Worlds)
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Peruvian Garage Mania
Los Yorks', "Los Yorks' 67"
(From: Garage Mania)
Japanese Fuzz-Freakout with African Percussion
Enchanting Polyphony from Sardinia
Tenore de Orosei, "Amore Profundi"
(From: Italian Folk Music)
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